This week is rather full for work...am working nearly 70 hours...which is nothing by comparison to those who work on the ships, but a full week for me. Most of my weeks are not like that. Regardless, it's been a good week so far and I thoroughly enjoyed my day off today watching "Gone With the Wind" and painting nails with my coworker! Beyond that, I'll also be taking a class this week...called Intermediate Fetal Monitoring. I'm getting much better at reading fetal strips, but I've heard this class is good...so it should be kind of fun! What else...I am now enrolled for graduate school...and that has me all kinds of excited...that is, until I looked at how expensive books are. I'd apparently forgotten that part, but I think I will rent my textbooks this time around...so much cheaper! Beyond that, my newest, favorite thing is game nights with friends! We have had several and are planning our fourth round for next week...so much fun! Lastly, I am about as ready as I'm going to be for the Tough Mudder next week. Ten miles, lots of obstacles...bring it on ;-)! I am guessing that I will be very sore the next day...
Had so much fun with my church group at the retreat this past weekend! Feel like I got to know some more people in a relaxed environment. I mean...it's the beach! Side note...I love the Outer Banks! It is so beautiful and the beach is gorgeous! I find the crabs particularly funny since they run sideways and don't appear to be very smart. They look hilarious running across the sand! ;-) I drove down with a few people from my church and we stayed in a cottage a few minutes’ walk from the beach. What a beautiful place...I think I could live there! It is nice because it is away from the craziness of the city and just feels like you can breathe! Throughout the weekend, we had a bonfire on the beach and talked about Jesus walking on water and "getting out of the boat." This was one of my favorite parts because we were the only ones on the beach, the sun set while we were there, the fire was nice and warm, you could hear the waves crashing behind you in spectacular fashion, and we were talking about what holds us back from walking with Jesus and trusting Him. After that, we went back to the cottage and played "Signs"...which I proved to be rather awful at since I was in the middle three times! What can I say...I tried ;-)!
I was sufficiently tired after this...that I ended up being the first to go to bed. What happened to the times I could stay up to 2 or 3 and it didn't even phase me!?!? At least no one took this opportunity to draw on my face...which happened in high school! The next morning, we had a lovely breakfast, devotional time, and then went into town for a scavenger hunt. My team did not win, but we made up for that with creativity! I've posted some of the pictures below. After that, we had lunch and were dismissed, but I stayed behind with some of the others and we went to the beach. The waves were so strong that I kept getting knocked down...I literally couldn't stay up part of the time. I enjoy body surfing...and did a fair amount of that, but got plunged into the sand a few too many times...so much so that I think I got all the sunscreen scrapped off of me and my skin effectively exfoliated. You can imagine what happened next...yep...sunburn. It didn't show up much until about two hours later (at least that I was aware of). I'll have to rethink my approach...but nonetheless...I started the week looking a big rosy ;-)!
So at my last horseback-riding lesson, I found out when I showed up that we were riding bareback...kind of terrifying at first since you really have to use your legs to stay on! I was rather proud of myself, however, since I was able to go at a gait and stay on my horse! I totally love riding...wish I could do it all the time! The picture of the boots...those really are mine! :-)
That I grow in my role as a nurse and always do my best.
That I would follow the Lord wholeheartedly.
I'm Carolyn...am so excited to be starting my nursing career in the Navy. Who knows where this all will take me?!